The lot where the Little Green House resides in Nashville, Tennessee, sat vacant for some time before builder Ryan Nichols, co-founder, Green Home, took interest. The land was tricky to build on due to steep topography and its small size. Nichols, however, saw the lot’s limitations as inspiration to design one of the area’s first passive solar houses.
The result was an 1,100-square-foot icon of sustainable residential development. The home features an angled tin roof with an overhang to control incoming light, a cantilevered second floor, charred oak siding, a rain garden and a glass garage door. Nichols’ team selected our ductless zoning system for the HVAC design. The system’s high efficiency, quiet operation and zone control made it a perfect fit for this sustainable bungalow.
Our ductless system also helped the team achieve its energy goals. The Little Green House averages an impressive $75 per month in electricity bills and earned LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Click here to learn more about the construction of this home.
“When was the last time someone admired the design of your HVAC system?” Our latest commercial print advertisement poses this question and gives readers a rundown of what makes our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems something to admire. To find out what separates us from the rest of the HVAC pack, be on the lookout for the ad in the March and April issues of the publications below!
Throughout the year, Contracting Business spotlights extraordinary HVAC contractors and the products, tools and services that make the contractors and their companies successful. We are pleased that one of our Diamond Contractors, Chappel’s Heating & Cooling, Carol Stream, Illinois, was recently picked as the leading HVAC contractor, listing Mitsubishi Electric as one of its preferred cooling and heating equipment brands. The company also listed our distributor Gustave A. Larson as a preferred distributor.
We take pride in providing products and tools that make contractors’ lives easier and keep their businesses thriving. Click here to read the Contracting Business article to learn more about Chappel’s Heating and Cooling’s success.
The Marymount Congregational Home (Marymount) in Garfield, Ohio, is a 78,000-square-foot building that houses the Sisters of St. Joseph (Sisters), Third Order of St. Francis, administrative offices and a child care center. Marymount spent over $9,000 a month in cooling and heating costs. When the building underwent a renovation to convert Marymount’s living quarters into 28 apartments, the Sisters made sure an upgraded HVAC system was included.
The Sisters wanted a system that would reduce energy consumption and utility costs and was “something earth-friendly,” said Sister Joyce, Hollkamp, Marymount’s business/facilities coordinator. They ultimately chose our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system.
The energy savings were immediately apparent. Marymount saved roughly $80,000 in cooling and heating costs over the course of the year.
To read more about the outcome of this installation, click here.
MitsubishiComfort.com, our consumer-facing website, relaunched yesterday and features a revamped design!
We’ve enhanced our website to offer users the same personalized and pleasurable experiences they enjoy with our products. The new MitsubishiComfort.com is:
More user-friendly: MitsubishiComfort.com is compatible with iPads and smartphones, allowing users to easily access the website from anywhere, at anytime. The new website also offers more intuitive search functions – such as the Dealer Zip Code feature – to deliver quality, comprehensive results and information more quickly and conveniently.
More visually-appealing: More visuals and less text make the website more enjoyable to navigate and the information easier to read and understand. The sleek, modern layout features high-quality photography throughout, creating a more sophisticated, editorial look and feel.
More interactive: There’s no need for individual website searches anymore. Now users can scroll over icons on a product page for quick and easy access to brochures, manuals, photos and videos that provide more in-depth product information. We’ve also improved the website’s “shareability.” Users can easily send information to family, friends and colleagues via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, with just a click of a button.
We’ll highlight more of the new website’s bells and whistles in a blog post next month. In the meantime, head to MitsubishiComfort.com and start exploring!
Last month, we were honored to donate our residential systems to a true American hero, and mark the beginning of our official partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME!
The new home belongs to Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey, who was forced to retire after several insurgent attacks left him with severe injuries, following two deployments to Iraq. Ray returned home with a brain injury that required the temperature in his family’s home be kept so low that they had to wear heavy jackets while indoors.
Henley Homes Inc., Liberty Hill, Texas, built the custom and mortgage-free home for Ray and his family.
With the installation of our systems, Henley Homes Inc. was able to provide both Ray and his family with an environment that suits each of their needs.
“In Ray’s situation when you have migraine headaches, PTSD, he needed a dark room that we could get very cold. Mitsubishi stepped up and gave us individual room air conditioners,” said Gary Henley, co-owner of Henley Homes, Inc.
Ray’s incredible story, as well as footage of the home dedication, was picked up by broadcasting stations in Austin and Philadelphia. One anchor, Jennifer Kendall, anchor, Fox News, had it right when she said, “That means for the first time in a long time one American hero can live comfortably in his home of the brave.”
We’d like to offer a special thanks to Casa Mechanical Services for installing the equipment. We wish Ray and his family the best in their new home and look forward to our continued partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME in the years to come!
PGA Tour, European Tour and Champions Tour golfer Miguel Ángel Jiménez is known for his accomplishments and playful personality, both on and off the course. Check out his celebratory dance at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to see what we mean. We’re proud to announce that this animated and personable golf pro is now Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s first ever global brand ambassador.
Miguel proudly wore our corporate logo for the first time at the 2015 Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hualalai, Hawaii, where he also took the No.1 spot. “Miguel Ángel Jiménez embodies our goal to always strive to achieve ‘something better’ as we continue to innovate and grow,” said Kiyoshi Furukawa, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. “His approach to life and each accomplishment demonstrates a passion and commitment we can appreciate and enjoy.”
Mitsubishi Electric has a long-running relationship with professional golf. The company has been a corporate sponsor of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour since 2007. Since 2012, golf pros Corey Pavin, Fred Funk and Fred Couples have been ambassadors for the HVAC division and the faces of some of our TV commercials. We are humbled to add Miguel to the list and to have one of the most distinguished players around the world represent our brand globally.
We’re thrilled to announce that our ductless zoning systems will be featured on “Ask This Old House®.” The episode feeds on Thursday, February 12.
The episode’s featured home, located just north of Boston, installed our MXZ multi-zone system along with four indoor units, to provide superior cooling and heating throughout the home. Additionally, the home’s finished basement living area features our MSZ-FE single-zone system for individualized comfort. We’re proud to be part of such an exciting installation and look forward to viewing the finished product.
Click here to see when the episode is airing in your area. If you’re unable to catch the episode, be sure to check out the online version, which airs Sunday, February 15.
Audrey and John had their sights set on retirement and began updating their 1910 home in La Grange Park, Illinois to appeal to potential buyers. The 5-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot space never had air conditioning so installing a cooling and heating system was at the top of the list.
Watch the video below to hear why the homeowners chose our ductless system to provide the comfort they’d been missing. Click here for the case study to learn more about the installation.